Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, director of the successful The witcher 3, leaves CD Projekt, after accusations of workplace harassment. The Polish company conducted an investigation that lasted several months, and although concluded that he was not guilty, the decision to leave was made by Tomaszkiewicz in agreement with the board of directors.
“Despite everything, many people feel fear, stress or discomfort when working with me“, expressed in an email sent to CD Projekt employees and published in Bloomberg. Tomaszkiewicz apologizes for “all the bad vibes he’s caused” and promises that will continue to work on changing their behavior.
CD Projekt has not commented on the departure of Tomaszkiewicz from the study, and all the information comes from the aforementioned Bloomberg article. They have not disclosed any further details about the nature of the accusations of “mobbing”, although when asked by the media, Tomaszkiewicz said he was “sad, a little disappointed and resigned.”
Tomaszkiewicz had been working on CD Projekt since 2004, and has always been linked to the games of The Witcher saga, being The Witcher 3 Game Director, the most successful of the company and one of the most acclaimed of the generation after selling 30 million units since 2015. In recent years he also worked on Cyberpunk 2077, and until now he held the position of vice president of development.
The news comes in a tumultuous few months for the studio, with the controversy over the recent launch of Cyberpunk 2077. Jason Schreier, the Bloomberg journalist, also revealed the heavy week the inequalities between the salary bonuses that CD Projekt executives will receive compared to employees.
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Although CD Projekt is currently focused on updates to Cyberpunk 2077 and its DLCs, they plan to work on their two IPs in parallel (Cyberpunk and The Witcher). Recently, they promised that they would work to improve the welfare of their workers, as there were numerous accusations of crunch during its later stages of development (and its ongoing delays).